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Unsolicted Statements from Directors of Photography on Using the Illumina S35s

 

The ILLUMINA-MK II are a very efficient set of lenses. The bokeh on these lenses is sweet and non distracting. The colours they produce are very accurate and provide a huge range for grading in post. Even in complete overcast in Russia, we managed to get an image that will require only a few percent increase in saturation. And the grays for dark and bright areas are represented fully. The set ranges from 18-25-35-50-85mm and I was glad to hear that 135mm is coming very soon. With it, it shall be complete, although the other end of the spectrum could benefit from a 14 and/or 16mm. All in all, a great set. The ILLUMINAs are easy to use and produce a great cinematic image. I am looking forward to working with them in different light conditions to see what results they yield, as well as their MK-III progression in the future.

Alexis Lanitis
Cinematographer - Greece
 
 
Luma Tech, Inc. received this statement from famous Russian DP and professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and TV, Sergey Valentinovich Astakhov

""This year in August I started to shoot a new fiction film under the working title "Three Days with the Fool" genre "romantic comedy for the family", at least as it is positioned by Alexey Kozlov, scenario writer, director and producer of the film. As usually, there was a question of choice for the camera and optics for film shooting. According to scenario the children act in the film more than the professional actors, therefore we decided to use the digital camera Red One.

I am not a fan of often changing optics by the focal length, for example for the films "Lucky Days" and "Brother" I used only one objective lens with focal length 25 mm. "Three Days with the Fool" required more choice of sizes and "isolation from background", therefore the whole series of ILLUMINA (18 to 85 mm) was used.

ILLUMINA optics very well recommended itself for many parameters, such as sharpness, light scattering. The shooting was made basically with the stops 2.8 to 8. Optimum stop was 4 mm. In order to retain the stop I used neutral grey filters. I like them for the sharpness and "isolation from background". But even when I used 18 mm objective lens on 1.3 stop, I was quite satisfied with the sharpness.

Upon the project close-out I can make the first conclusions. ILLUMINA optics are very stable in mechanics, good on optical rendering and highly competitive with the optics of similar kind such as HS Carl Zeiss and sometimes even better. I talk about the chromatic aberrations on the frame edge. The chromatic aberration of ILLUMINA is siginificantly less expressed than at the other manufacturers.

I can say that ILLUMINA optics is a reliable instrument in cameraman's work. It would be desirable to extend ILLUMINA series by including wider angle and longer focus. I know that the objective lens with 14 mm and 135 mm focus are at development stage already. In general, it is great that this very worthy product made in our country and in our city is appearing on our narrow specific market."

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